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The Fu Genre of Imperial China: Studies in the Rhapsodic Imagination
edited by Nicholas Morrow Williams
Arc Humanities Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-1-64189-333-6 | Cloth: 978-1-64189-331-2

This is the first book in English to examine the fu, one of China’s oldest and culturally central literary forms, from its origins up to the late imperial era. Fu poems are highly revealing sources for understanding the culture, society, and politics of their periods, and in this volume eleven essays by prominent scholars treat the fu from four major perspectives: its original use in court recitation; as a poetic genre with distinctive formal features; as a vehicle of philosophical inquiry; and as a major mode of political expression.

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